Arben Merkoçi

Arben Merkoçi

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

Engineering Sciences

ICREA Research Professor and head of Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at ICN2 (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia). He obtained his PhD at University of Tirana working on ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has been doing research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at Polytechnic Univ. of Budapest, Univ. of Ioanina, Univ. degli Studi di Padua, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State Univ. His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures with interest for the design of novel (bio)sensors. He has published more than 305 articles and supervised 38 PhD thesis. He is co-founder of two spin-off companies, PaperDrop  dedicated to nanodiagnostics and GraphenicaLab to electronic printing. 

Research interests

  • Catalytic/carrier nanomaterials: nanoparticles as electrocatalysts, nanoparticles as biomolecule carriers, and nanowires/nanotubes for non-enzymatic and enzyme mimic sensors
  • Nanomicrofluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies
  • Paper- or nanopaper-based nanobiosensors
  • Nanochannels: nanoporous membranes as electrical sensing platforms
  • Graphene: biosensors based on graphene-related materials
  • Nanomotors: self-propelled micro/nanomotors for biosensing and other Applications


Selected publications

- Parolo, Claudio; Sena-Torralba, Amadeo; Bergua, Jose Francisco; Calucho, Enric; Fuentes-Chust, Celia; Hu, Liming; Rivas, Lourdes; alvarez-Diduk, Ruslan; Nguyen, Emily P.; Cinti, Stefano; Quesada-Gonzalez, Daniel; Merkoci, Arben 2020, 'Tutorial: design and fabrication of nanoparticle-based lateral-flow immunoassays', Nature Protocols, 15, pages 3788–3816.

- Wong X.Y., Sena-Torralba A., Álvarez-Diduk R., Muthoosamy K., Merkoçi A 2020, "Nanomaterials for Nanotheranostics: Tuning Their Properties According to Disease Needs", ACS Nano; 14 (3): 2585 - 2627.

- Weiss, Carsten; Carriere, Marie; Fusco, Laura; Capua, Ilaria; Regla-Nava, Jose Angel; Pasquali, Matteo; Scott, James A; Vitale, Flavia; Unal, Mehmet Altay; Mattevi, Cecilia; Bedognetti, Davide; Merkoci, Arben; Tasciotti, Ennio; Yilmazer, Acelya; Gogotsi, Yury; Stellacci, Francesco; Delogu, Lucia Gemma 2020, 'Toward Nanotechnology-Enabled Approaches against the COVID-19 Pandemic.', Acs Nano, 14, 6, 6383 - 6406.

- Giacomelli, Caterina; Alvarez-Diduk, Ruslan; Testolin, Anna; Merkoci, Arben 2020, 'Selective stamping of laser scribed rGO nanofilms: from sensing to multiple applications', 2d Materials, 7, 2, 024006.

- Amin N., Torralba A.S., Álvarez-Diduk R., Afkhami A., Merkoçi A. 2020, "Lab in a Tube: Point-of-Care Detection of Escherichia coli", Analytical Chemistry; 92 (6): 4209 - 4216. 

- Kudr, Jiri; Zhao, Lei; Nguyen, Emily P.; Arola, Henri; Nevanen, Tarja K.; Adam, Vojtech; Zitka, Ondrej; Merkoci, Arben 2020, 'Inkjet-printed electrochemically reduced graphene oxide microelectrode as a platform for HT-2 mycotoxin immunoenzymatic biosensing', Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 156, 112109.

- Calabretta, Maria Maddalena; Alvarez-Diduk, Ruslan; Michelini, Elisa; Roda, Aldo; Merkoci, Arben 2020, 'Nano-lantern on paper for smartphone-based ATP detection', Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 150, 111902.

- Merkoçi A 2020, "Graphene-based biosensors", 2d Materials; 7, 4, 040401.